ePetition details

Harper Lane bridge works

We the undersigned petition the County Council to Discontinue the idea of traffic lights and paint a mini roundabout at the junction of harper Lane and the A5183

There will be huge disruption caused by traffic lights, due to the dead time when the lights are changing when nobody can move. Traffic flow will be greatly disturbed. A mini roundabout has traffic flowing all the time. Refer to the King harry lights in St Albans which were scrapped years ago in favour of a mini roundabout, which removed the traffic jams at that time.

Started by: Robert Tomplkins

This ePetition ran from 22/01/2019 to 13/05/2019 and has now finished.

One person signed this ePetition.

Council response

The petition was considered at HCC’s Highways and Environment Panel (July 2019).

In recognition of the number of signatures and representation made by local members, the Panel resolved to support a revised design which allows for the traffic lights to initially be delivered as a trial. If the trial scheme performs as predicted and does not cause unacceptable delays the layout will be made permanent. If the scheme proves to be unacceptable, traffic lights will be removed, and the junction will revert to the current uncontrolled priority working.

Alternative layouts were considered aa part of the planning process and were not considered deliverable at this site.

In order to comply with planning conditions covering the delivery of the new junction St Albans City and District Council has agreed revised details of the planning permission. The revised planning condition allows for construction of a trial scheme and the subsequent option to deliver either a permanent traffic lights or revert to priority control. The revised condition also includes later trigger points for the various stages which permits extensive baseline monitoring to take place and works to be carried out during the quietest time on the road network, during the summer holiday period.

Works are programmed to start Spring 2020 and be on site throughout the summer period. Although delays relating to the works are unavoidable, we are working closely with the developer to design temporary traffic management to minimise disruption.